As a part of our maudern people series, we asked Los Angeles-based couple Chelito Villafor and Chris Albanese for insights on modern intimacy. Chelito, sales director for David Pirrotta Brands, and Chris, an event planner with Argyle Events, live with their dog Georgie and together curate the shop Eskina Space.
What is your relationship status? Married 5 years, together 10 years
How do you make time for intimacy?
Working on making our small apartment home more livable for the long run. Auditing the clutter together so we can assess what is important and give more meaning to objects. Making meals at home has been a way to get creative in the kitchen and spend time together and discovering new unexpected flavors. Chris was raised from an Italian-American home in New York, and I grew up from an immigrant Filipino home in the suburbs of Chicago. Both communities placed great importance on cooking food for the family and gathering to share this food—this is the ultimate form of intimacy in our home.
Both [our] communities placed great importance on cooking food for the family and gathering to share this food—this is the ultimate form of intimacy in our home.
What is a new activity you are planning to try?
We subscribed for a lifetime subscription to Rosetta Stone with unlimited languages and brushing up our French and the other available languages until we are both proficiently polylingual!
Do you have a book or movie on your list while home?
We subscribed to Criterion Collection and have been binging on 70's arthouse films. I'm also going to start reading Little Women—I'm embarrassed to admit I've never read it!
A favorite literary or on-screen romance: Elio + Oliver in Call Me By Your Name
The perfect date: It used to be dining out and order as much food to try everything, but now it's cooking at home using as little amount of ingredients
Your in the mood food: Dark Chocolate
Drink of choice: Mezcal Paloma
A sexy or intimate song you love: Wild Combination by Arthur Russell
Dating advice to your younger self: Keep your heart open and trust your gut!
What your parents said about love and relationships: My Asian immigrant parents NEVER talked about such things! LOL. I stumbled through love and relationships though my 20's and 30's
Favorite scent: Amor Fati by Sigil Scent